LAHAINA, HI, Aug. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, the sole helicopter tour company serving all four major Hawaiian Islands since 1985, has shifted its operations from tourism to supporting disaster relief efforts in the areas devastated by the wildfires in Lahaina.
With tourism operations temporarily paused out of Kahului Airport, Blue Hawaiian has partnered with Blue Hawaiian Activates hotel partners, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA), and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) to help the most impacted areas by transporting food, water and medical supplies from the Oahu and Kahului airports to the Lahaina area.
“Given that our helicopters can land in just about any terrain, and we have highly-trained and experienced tour pilots with extensive knowledge of these islands, this is the best way we can support our community,” said Blue Hawaiian President Quentin Koch, who immediately sought to get emergency authorization to land helicopters and begin assisting with relief efforts. “When a tragedy like this occurs, our team quickly rises to the occasion and their service to the impacted communities is a testament to their unwavering commitment.”
Over the last 72 hours, Blue Hawaiian teammates have been able to transport basic supplies to thousands of hotel guests, residents, and emergency responders. They’ve also been able to help evacuate dozens of people from areas that were inaccessible due to road closures.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Blue Hawaiian,” said Blue Hawaiian Director of Revenue Kyu Yi, who has been driving, where possible, to personally deliver food and water to hotel guests during the last 48 hours. “I’m honored to work for a company that is literally all hands-on deck to help those in need. To say that Blue Hawaiian is committed to helping the community is an understatement.”
Blue Hawaiian’s operations out of Kahului Airport will remain available to provide all teammates and…